These gaming consoles could net you a small fortune – the list includes Sega’s Multi-Mega Console, the Atari Jaguar CD and Nintendo’s Virtual Boy
If you have any of these retro gaming consoles in your home, you could earn hundreds of pounds from them.
New research has revealed the most valuable retro consoles to trade in, with the Sega Multi-Mega Console coming out on top. The study by gaming site espbase.com analysed data from second-hand retailer CeX to see which retro devices could be traded for the highest amounts of money.
Coming in second place is the Atari Jaguar CD, which can be traded in for £675 in its best condition. Released just one year after the Multi-Mega in 1995, poor sales meant that it had a short production life and, therefore, is now very rare, with just 11 games being produced for the console during its lifetime.
Third place goes to Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, which can be traded in for £288. This is one of the first examples of a Virtual Reality console, with the technology nowadays being much more developed. Upon its release in 1995, it became a commercial failure due to its poor ergonomics, high price, and health concerns, and is therefore very rare.
The Atari Jaguar comes in fourth place and can be traded in for £210 in its best condition. Suffering from the same sales problems as the Jaguar CD at its release in 1994, it is now another rare find, although it had more production units than the Jaguar CD. Even games for the console can now be traded in for upwards of £230.
Rounding out the top five is the Atari Lynx II, which can be traded in for £172. Released as a new version of the original Lynx in 1991, it came with a new design, better battery life, and better hardware; with declining sales, Atari shifted its focus to developing the Jaguar, although surprisingly, the Lynx II ended up having a longer lifespan.
List of retro consoles that could sell for hundreds
Console, Year released, Trade-in value (Best condition), Current sale price (Best condition)
1. Sega Multi-Mega Console, 1994, £680, £850
2. Atari Jaguar CD, 1995, £675, £900
3. Nintendo Virtual Boy, 1995, £288, £385
4. Atari Jaguar, 1994, £210, £300
5. Atari Lynx II, 1991, £172, £230
6. Atari Lynx, 1990, £136, £195
7. Super NES, 1992, £129, £185
8. NES, 1986, £127, £170
— Sega Saturn, 1995, £127, £170
9. Sega Master System, 1987, £126, £180
— Game Gear, 1991, £126, £180
10. Sega Dreamcast, 1999, £112, £160
Speaking about the findings, Candace Healy, head of branding at GuideStrats.com, said: “Some of the prices on this list highlight how volatile the console market was in the 90s, with many companies having either failed experiments or just poor sales, leading to some incredibly rare finds at high prices. If you have any of these consoles, you can either cash in now, or keep hold of them in the hope that their values increase even more over the next few years.”